While governmental maneuverings may be the mechanism driving Washington D.C. forward, the less-political visitor will find here expansive parks, a plethora of cultural sights and as assortment of landmark structures.
The Washington Monument is the most iconic structure of the National Mall and the one around which the Mall was conceived and created. The monument stands 555 feet tall, a marble, granite, and sandstone obelisk at the center of the Mall between the U.S. Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. The Monument took 36 years to complete due to the Civil War interrupting its construction and was the largest structure in the world until France's Eiffel Tower took the title.
Visiting the Washington Monument is incredibly fun and offers an amazing panoramic view of all of Washington. Look out over the Potomac River and the many different historic districts that have housed our nation's most influential people and their politics since the American Revolution. Only a limited number of tickets are available each day to ensure everyone a quality experience so getting in line early or reserving tickets in advance is necessary to be able to ride the elevator to the top.
Hours + Fees
9 am - 4:45 pm daily
Metro Stop: Smithsonian Station on the Blue and Orange lines.
Map + Directions
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.
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